Mayor’s niece: To avoid sex assault, don’t dress ‘like a whore’

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s niece is making waves by suggesting women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing “like a whore.”

Krista Ford, the former captain of Toronto’s short-lived lingerie football team, made the controversial comment on Twitter shortly after police issued a warning about a recent string of sexual assaults.

Ford, who is the daughter of Coun. Doug Ford, advised women to “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore.”

The message sparked online outrage before it was yanked from her account.

A Toronto police officer was criticized last year for making similar recommendations in a speech on campus safety.

The officer’s advice that women should avoid dressing “like sluts” to reduce the risk of assault became the catalyst for SlutWalk, a series of marches to protest the suggestion that victims are to blame.

He later apologized.

Meanwhile, police said Wednesday they are investigating six reports of sexual assault in the Annex and Kensington Market neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto.

Police said it appears the same suspect could be responsible for all six incidents, in which victims were grabbed from behind and groped.

Officers expressed concern that the assaults could continue and grow more violent. (680News)




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Mayor’s niece: To avoid sex assault, don’t dress ‘like a whore’

  1. Ford is a sexiest pig. I hope a group of people sue her for sexual harassment. After all she is blaming women for being raped and implying that men can’t keep it in their pants.

  2. Krista Ford is the antithesis of self-aware.

  3. Fascinating….an entire family of Stupid.

  4. I leave $100 cash on the dashboard of my car overnight and find my window broken and the cash gone. When I report it to the police they say “lock your valuables out of sight in the trunk.” How is flaunting cash like that, different from flaunting flesh? Theft is wrong, and sexual assault is worse. The perpetrators of both these crimes are guiltly, not the victims. But why go out of your way to make yourself a target? Why is it wrong to ask these questions? Why is it wrong to make these comparisons?

    • I sort of get where you are coming from. Women who dress for attention can’t expect to control where the attention comes from. On the other hand, the implied invitation, if there is one, is to look – not touch. THAT invitation has to be explicit.

      The other thing is that many, many rape victims are NOT dressed provocatively. Can’t say as I’ve taken the time to check, but I’m not aware of any study that draws a strong correlation between sexual assault / rape and dressing provocatively. It might make a difference in date rape; I suspect that with stranger rape provocative dress may often actually send the would-be assailant in another direction, as sexual confidence does not say “victim”.

      • Babies are raped. Women in their 90s in a wheelchair are raped. Victorian women covered head to toe and with veils, were raped.Women in burkkas are raped.

        It has nothing to do with appearance….it’s about power.

        • Or anger. Or other mental issues…

          I do believe we are on the same page; I was just being less caustic and absolutist with my response.

          Subject: [macleansca] Re: Mayor’ s niece: To avoid sex assault, don’ t dress ‘ like a whore’

  5. I guess the USA doesn’t hold the exclusive patent on ignorance after all.

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